Zucchini Bread With Pineapple

11BreadGlazedSlicedbfLOThis recipe showed up in Rich’s email a while back from the nice folk at Betty Crocker, and he really wanted to try it. Is it just me, or are there a LOT of recipes calling for pineapple of late? Just on this blog there’s Banzai Burgers, Pineapple Mustard, Pineapple Barbecue Meatballs, Sweet ‘n Spicy Panko Chicken, and, coming tomorrow, Thai Fruit Salad (you’ll want to try that).

You’ll want to try this bread, too; it’s moist and tasty and a little spicy.

•1 cup packed brown sugar
•1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
•1 cup shredded zucchini (1 small)
•1 can (8 oz) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained, reserving 1 tablespoon liquid
•2 eggs, slightly beaten
02ButterCreamedbfLO•2 cups flour
•1 tsp baking soda
•1 tsp ground cinnamon
•1/4 tsp salt
•1/4 tsp ground allspice
•1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

•1/2 cup powdered sugar
•Reserved 1 tbsp pineapple liquid
•1 tsp corn syrup
•1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

07BatterPansBetterbfLOHeat oven to 350° and grease and flour the bottom only of a loaf pan (I over-bought zucchini, so made a double batch).

Beat the brown sugar with the softened butter until it is light and fluffy.

Stir in the zucchini. pineapple, and eggs by hand, then stir in the flour, baking soda, and spices.

Fold in the chopped nuts, then pour the batter into your prepared bread pan(s).

10BreadGlazedbfLOBake for 50 to 70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean – the top will start to get ominously dark, but don’t worry.

Let the bread rest in its pan for ten minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.

Make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, pineapple juice, corn syrup, and cinnamon and spoon over the loaf while it’s still warm.

ZucchiniBreadSlicebfLOAllow to cool for about an hour, then (this is the only part of this recipe I don’t care for) store the bread in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

Still and all; even sliced and served cold from the fridge, this bread has a great flavor and texture, and the glaze, which may seem a bit over-sweet on its own, is really nice on top of the bread.

Next time, tho’ (I still have zucchini in the crisper), I think I’ll make it in a bundt…

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